Modern Slavery Resource Center

This resource page serves as an intellectual nexus for scholars, policymakers, advocates, and individuals committed to understanding and combating modern slavery. Below are curated materials designed to foster a nuanced understanding of this complex issue.

1. Free the Slaves Research Page

Our research program embodies a multi-dimensional approach, aligned with our Theory of Change, to inform policy, guide community-based solutions, and foster collaborative partnerships. With an unwavering commitment to participatory, community-centered, and impact-oriented research, we aim to produce studies that are not only methodologically sound but also ethically responsible. Our diverse research topics span forced labor, sex trafficking, environmental degradation, and more, reflecting the complexities of modern slavery across different geographies. The research page serves as a living document, continually updated to include our latest research endeavors and publications. We invite scholars, policy-makers, and practitioners alike to access our research to understand the intricacies of modern slavery better and contribute to its eradication.

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2. Free The Slaves 2021-2031 Strategic Plan

Ready to learn more about our comprehensive approach to ending modern slavery? Our Strategic Plan for 2021-2031 is the definitive guide to understanding the full scope of our efforts.

By downloading and diving into this comprehensive document, you’ll discover:

    • Aligned Goals: How we sync with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to drive change.
    • Focused Strategy: Our unique approach, from community engagement to global policy advocacy.
    • Target Groups: Insights into the populations we prioritize, from marginalized communities to survivors.
    • Principled Action: Key pillars of our mission, emphasizing community resilience and local solutions.
    • Global Collaborations: Our role in multi-level coalitions and partnerships to amplify impact.

In the Strategic Plan you will learn more about our programs, research initiatives, and actionable plans.

We invite you to join us, as this mission requires both collaboration and strategic solutions. Together, we will end the conditions that allow slavery to persist.

3. Slavery In History

Understanding the history of slavery is vital to combating modern forms of slavery today. This comprehensive page offers you a deep dive into the journey of slavery and abolition, starting from ancient civilizations like Egypt and Mesopotamia to the most recent United Nations treaties. We cover critical periods, including the Atlantic slave trade, the fight for abolition, and the ongoing efforts to end slavery in the 21st century. Learning about the past equips us with the knowledge and tools needed to address the challenges we face today. 

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4. Alliance 8.7

In 2015 the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which detailed 17 Sustainable Development Goals to address the most pressing global issues.

Alliance 8.7 is an initiative inspired by Sustainable Development Goal 8.7. SDG 8.7 focuses on eliminating the scourge of modern slavery, forced labor, human trafficking, and all forms of child labor exploitation. Alliance 8.7 was launched in 2016 with a mandate to develop partnerships among stakeholders from UN member states, international development institutions like the International Labor Organization (ILO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), and civil society organizations.

These partnerships aim to support to member nations (Pathfinder Countries) as they work to meet the objectives contained in their country roadmaps.

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Alliance 8.7 is a United Nations inspired initiative focused on achieving UN Sustainable Development Goal 8.7 (SDG 8.7). SDG 8.7 aims to eliminate child labor by 2025 and eradicate human trafficking, modern slavery, and forced labor by 2030. The Alliance presently comprises 26 nations referred to as Pathfinder Countries – it is expected that more countries will “manifest” their intention to join in the years ahead. There are more than 370 other partner organizations, and that number is growing. Free the Slaves is a civil society member of Alliance 8.7 and a member of its decision-making body, the Global Coordination Group (GCG) and the Monitoring Working Group (MWG), which establishes compliance guidelines and monitors countries’ progress.

Nations volunteer to join as pathfinder countries and subsequently create a “roadmap” to accomplish SDG 8.7 within their borders. Alliance 8.7 supports member nations in achieving the objectives laid out in the roadmaps that countries outline and set for themselves. However, while membership is voluntary, it comes with an obligation that pathfinder countries (PFCs) take verifiable and measurable steps that demonstrate they are working diligently to meet these goals they set for themselves. The approach is simple. It is a partnership to gently remind states of their obligations under the Sustainable Development Goals.

5. International Anti-Trafficking and Anti-Modern Slavery Policy Resources

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United Nations – Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime Nations

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United Nations – Abolishing Slavery and its Contemporary Forms

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ILO – Anti-Trafficking Laws, Policies, and Practices

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African Union – Draft Ten Year Action Plan on Eradication of Child Labour, Forced Labour, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery in Africa (2020-2030)

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European Union – Directive on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and Protecting its Victims

6. United States Anti-Trafficking and Anti-Modern Slavery Policy Resources

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US Justice Department – National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking

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United States of America – National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking

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United States of America – Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000

7. Other Leading Anti-Slavery Organizations

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International Labour Organization

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Walk Free

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The United Nations Migration Agency

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The Freedom Fund

 Knowledge is not just power; it’s the path to freedom. That’s why we encourage you to share these valuable resources with your colleagues, classmates, and community.

By spreading awareness and understanding, we’re not just sharing information but multiplying its power to make a difference. Together, through active learning and engagement, we can achieve a world without slavery.

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